TEMPE, Ariz. -- Hector Santiago will start the Angels' Cactus League opener against the Brewers on Thursday (12:05 p.m. PT on MLB.TV), Mike Scioscia announced. Following him for the next three games will be Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Matt Shoemaker, which means that in all likelihood, Weaver-Wilson-Shoemaker will be the rotation order for the season-opening three-game series in Seattle on April 6-8.
The Angels don't necessarily care about splitting the lefties in their rotation. Rather, they like to avoid having back-to-back starters who don't consistently pitch deep in games, which is probably why Wilson -- coming off a relatively down season -- is slotted between Weaver and Shoemaker.
Weaver would be on track to make six Cactus League starts, then be on five days' rest before Opening Day, though he could opt for the extra day of rest earlier and be on a normal schedule for his first start of the regular season. Scioscia doesn't like to announce his Opening Day starter until the very end of spring camp, but Weaver looks primed to start his franchise-record seventh Opening Day (and sixth in a row).